23 April 2017
  • Tung Chee-hwa is acutely aware of the Communist Party’s aversion to rule by any political party other than its own. This is why the Basic Law says what it says. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Tung Chee-hwa won’t come to the party

    - Jun 17, 2016 6:40pm
    Former (and failed) chief executive Tung Chee-hwa made a valid observation this week, even though, rather typically, he failed to take it to its logical conclusion.  But it is hard to argue with his contention that...
  • Lots of Hongkongers would like to see anybody but Leung Chun-ying as the next chief executive, but there is no guarantee his successor will be any better, and he or she could be worse. Photo: HKEJ

    CY’s successor: be careful what you hope for

    - Jun 10, 2016 6:43pm
    I think it is only fair to warn readers of a sensitive disposition that some of what follows may be taken as words of praise or even support for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chung-yin. This...
  • Hong Kong has a special responsibility to keep the memory of June 4, 1989 alive because it is the only place on Chinese soil where it is possible to openly commemorate the massacre. Photo: Reuters

    Student leaders on the wrong side of history

    - Jun 3, 2016 7:20pm
    Political grandstanding is never an edifying sight; lamentably this ugly vision is on display today and it comes from a number of student unions and others who believe that the dead bodies of those killed in...
  • Zhang Dejiang (left) never took a step in public without being surrounded by a horde of tough-looking guards and a bevy of sycophantically smiling officials. Photo: Reuters

    Who says old-style Maoism is dead and buried? Not in Hong Kong

    - May 20, 2016 1:45pm
    In recent days, Hong Kong has been experiencing the flavour of an old-style Maoist reception for national leaders. Zhang Dejiang, the chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, has now concluded his whirlwind visit, which gave...
  • The fear and disgust that many Hongkongers have for people with mental health problems may stem from ignorance, because many people have never had a chance to get to know a person with a mental disability.    Photo: HKEJ

    Hong Kong’s shameful problem

    - May 13, 2016 11:33am
    Hong Kong has a problem with mental health, and, come to think of it, with other aspects of dealing with those who are not considered to be “normal”. Although people suffering these afflictions deserve to be...
  • China needs fewer stories about buildings collapsing because of officials' dereliction of duty but more about how prosperous cities like Shanghai are. Photo: Xinhua

    ‘Exclusive’: PR firm’s plans for China revealed

    - Apr 29, 2016 5:33pm
    Last week, it was revealed that the Chinese government has approached several international public relations companies to work with Beijing in a program to improve China’s global image. This columnist managed to get hold of an internal...
  • Public opinion in a government consultation has been opposed to plans for further development of Lantau Island. Will the government pay attention or go along with developers' wishes anyway? Photo: CNSA, internet

    Do we need to be consulted over bothersome cold calls?

    - Apr 15, 2016 5:32pm
    Do you know a single person in Hong Kong who actually likes being bothered by cold calls from machines or real people selling whatever it is that they are selling? No, I thought not. Indeed, everyone...
  • CY Leung claims he has done a lot to protect local interests but the measures he has taken are actually pointless. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK

    Meet Hong Kong’s least expected localist

    - Apr 8, 2016 5:30pm
    Many things are predictable about Hong Kong politics but the announcement of the latest recruit to the cause of localism was most decidedly not one of them. Last Tuesday the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying made the...
  • Dr York Chow, a vocal champion of minority rights, has been asked to go after serving just one term as head of Hong Kong's Equal Opportunities Commission. Photo: HKEJ

    There’s a heavy price to pay for discrimination

    - Apr 1, 2016 7:19pm
    What part of this is so difficult to understand? Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation is as much a problem for society as a whole as it is for those...
  • German President Joachim Gauck (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping are shown during the former's recent visit to Chna. Photo: Reuters

    Why China acquiesced to German leader’s human rights lecture

    - Mar 29, 2016 10:43am
    China really hates foreign visitors delivering “lectures” about human rights. The government is quick to respond. It usually stresses the country’s policy of non-intervention in the affairs of other nations and, without batting an eyelid over...
  • Deng Xiaoping (inset) remarked on more than one occasion that there was no reason why 'one country, two systems' should not prevail beyond 2047. 
Photos: CNSA, Xinhua

    The key to Hong Kong’s survival after 2047

    - Mar 19, 2016 8:05am
    Some people say it’s too late to be talking about 2047; others believe it is too early. But the fact is that we have recently seen an upsurge in discussion about what happens when the Sino-British...
  • Regardless of race or place of birth, people who love Hong Kong and want to protect its core values can speak for the city. Photo: HKEJ

    Who can speak for Hong Kong?

    - Mar 12, 2016 8:05am
    Who is qualified to speak for Hong Kong? This question arises from the so-called revelation that Edward Leung Tin-kei was born in the mainland. Leung, as most people know, is a leader of the Hong Kong...
  • Civic Party's Alvin Yeung won the by-election but public spotlight was on the Hong Kong Indigenous. Photo: HKEJ

    The fallout from that by-election

    - Mar 5, 2016 8:05am
    Hong Kong’s democrats have problems with many things but they really excel in one area: snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The recent Legco by-election was a stunning success for the pro-democracy camp but it...
  • A file photo shows former British PM Margaret Thatcher (center) at a construction site during a Hong Kong visit, accompanied by Chris Patten (second from right), the city’s last colonial governor. Photo: HKEJ

    Were things really better under the Brits?

    - Feb 27, 2016 8:05am
    An intervention recently by Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last colonial governor, into the discussion over erosion of civil liberties in the city has, yet again, ignited debate over the British colonial legacy. Caught between the distorted prism of...
  • A police officer (right) kneels on the head of a protester in the Mong Kok clashes on Feb. 9. Shades of the Cultural Revolution, when Red Guards could call anyone a member of a gang and 'punish' him. Photos: TVB, internet

    What follows from calling Hong Kong people ‘separatists’

    - Feb 20, 2016 8:05am
    So, it’s come to this: protestors in Hong Kong are now being officially classified as “separatists”, the dreaded term that has provided China with leeway to crack down relentlessly on protestors in places such as Tibet...
  • Democrats are making a mistake in not clearly distancing themselves from extremist localists before blaming poor governance by Leung Chun-ying (inset) for the Mong Kok clashes. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ

    Why do democrats allow anti-democrats to benefit from clashes?

    - Feb 12, 2016 4:56pm
    Who benefits from the violent street clashes seen in Mong Kok over the Lunar New Year? The simple answer is that they were a gift to the otherwise beleaguered Hong Kong government and other opponents of...
  • If Hong Kong pulls out of the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, it will join outlaw states like North Korea. Photo: HKEJ

    Hong Kong government’s great idea: copy North Korea

    - Feb 5, 2016 5:30pm
    In its relentless search for ways to undermine Hong Kong’s rule of law and send out negative signals to the international community, the Leung administration is now seriously considering joining pariah states such as North Korea,...
  • CY Leung (R) appointed Arthur Li, who has been nicknamed "King Arthur", as chairman of HKU's governing body despite opposition from students and staff. Photos: CNSA

    A sinister plan

    - Jan 30, 2016 8:05am
    Everything appears to be going nicely to plan. The installation of a much hated chairman for the University of Hong Kong’s governing council has predictably stirred protests, democrats in the Legislative Council are being blamed for...
  • The Policy Address given by Leung Chun-ying (center) had less to do with the interests of Hongkongers than his hopes of persuading Beijing to grant him a second term as chief executive. Photo: HKEJ

    A 2-hour lesson from CY in bad governance

    - Jan 23, 2016 8:05am
    As a service to readers, I had planned not to mention CY Leung’s Policy Address, as there is quite enough boredom in the world without adding to it. However, my best intentions were thwarted after reflecting...
  • Given the huge divide between the pan-democratic camp and Beijing, the newly established Path of Democracy (left) and The Third Side (right) are unlikely to see strong support from voters. Photo: HKEJ

    The middle way leads to nowhere

    - Jan 16, 2016 8:05am
    There is something rather appealing in the idea that Hong Kong’s political stalemate can be overcome by finding a middle way through the two deeply polarized pro and anti-government camps. Unfortunately, this middle way concept is...

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